Renewal Inspiration

It's never too late to explore RENEWAL with us - here's the Inspiration page from June 2009:

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Journaling Prompts

Is change good?: Change is an inevitable part of life – in nature, in our circumstances, and in our thinking. Some people are better than others at managing and accepting change. How does change impact you? Are you comfortable moving with the tides and the seasons, or do you resist? What major changes inside or outside your orbit have affected you, and in what ways?

Body, Mind and Spirit: Everyone needs ways to recharge when they’re feeling down or out of energy, whether in physical, mental, emotional or spiritual terms. What do you do to renew yourself – do you spend time in nature, in prayer or meditation, by running, reading or watching your favorite movie? Do you make different choices about how to recharge depending on what you’re missing?

Cycle of Life: There are few things in life that are certain except for birth and death. How have the beginnings and endings you’ve seen impacted you? Have you had children of your own, and if so, how did that experience shift your understanding of the world? Have you lost someone you loved, quickly and unexpectedly, or after watching them fight a long illness? What lasting effect has this had on you?

Renewing the Planet: In these times, it’s become important to so many to be part of solving the problems that our planet faces. How do you contribute to that effort? Do you actively work to reduce your carbon footprint? Are you frustrated watching how things are developing, and do you worry about the kind of world that future generations will inherit?


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So as long as a person is capable of self-renewal, they are a living being. Henri Frederic Amiel

To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival. Wendell Berry

The quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love. Terence

Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death. R. D. Laing

The great renewal of the world will perhaps consist in this, that man and maid, freed of all false feelings and reluctances, will seek each other not as opposites, but as brother and sister, as neighbors, and will come together as human beings. Rainer Maria Rilke

We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly. . . spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order. Susan Taylor

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. Robert Louis Stevenson

Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that is where I renew my springs that never dry up. Pearl S. Buck

To touch a sore is to renew one's grief. TerenceWhen you are in the valley, keep your goal firmly in view and you will get the renewed energy to continue the climb. Denis Waitley

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Audrey Hepburn

The best way to keep good acts in memory is to refresh them with new. Cato The Elder

Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix. Christina Baldwin

Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix. Aaron Parrish

It`s exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful. Ahmed Ghneim

Creativity comes from awakening and directing men`s higher natures, which originate in the primal depths of the uni- verse and are appointed by Heaven. I Ching

Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion. Dalai Lama

If every day is an awakening, you will never grow old. You will just keep growing. Gail Sheehy

No human being ever learns to live until he has awakened to the dormant powers within him. William James

There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet. Brooke Medicine Eagle

Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken. Frank Herbert

It's exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful. Adrienne Rich

He who looks outside his own heart DREAMS, he who looks inside his own heart AWAKENS. Carl Gustav Jung

Virtue tested: "Have I not survived hunger and thirst, suffering, and mockery for the sake of the truth which heaven has awakened in my heart?” Kahlil Gibran

Follow then the shining ones, the wise, the awakened, the loving, for they know how to work and forbear. Buddha

We are near awakening when we dream that we dream. Novalis

Rest when you`re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work. Ralph Marston

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity. Buddha

We strain to renew our capacity for wonder, to shock ourselves into astonishment once again. Shana Alexander

We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden. Adam Acone

To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward. Adam Maida

There`s a rebirth that goes on with us continuously as human beings. I don`t understand, personally, how you can be bored. I can understand how you can be depressed, but I just don`t understand boredom. Dustin Hoffman


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